NORMAN CLYDE (10 Jun 17) Like Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, Clyde gave up on the "system" and lived life on his own terms which meant freedom from a lot of nonsense. His starting point was as a school principal in Big Pine, California. Not enjoying the pressure of the community to conform to their social expectations he finally decided to live full time the life he loved which was to be a mountain nomad. I have visited his area near Bishop a long time ago. He has passed away, but has grown ever more popular over the years. Click this dot/bullet to visit a video about Norman ➜ ●
►This riveting account of one of the most notable personalities of the mountain climbing world reconstructs the life of legendary mountaineer Norman Clyde (1885-1972). He made his mark on history with more than one hundred and thirty first ascents throughout western North America, and many believe he knew the High Sierra better than anyone else, including John Muir. Part of his mystique comes from participating in high-profile mountain rescues and recoveries, in which he is credited with saving a number of lives. Those who had the good fortune to meet him–often with a ninety-pound pack on his back that included an anvil for boot repair, fishing rods, cooking pots, and books in Greek and Latin–never forgot the experience. Biographer Robert C. Pavlik uses Clyde's own words, along with recollections from his family, friends, fellow climbers, and acquaintances, to capture the experiences of a remarkable man and a bygone time "between the pioneers and the rock climbers".◄
BUCKET TOILET/POTTY (13 June 17) Here is my own version of a portable bucket toilet with philosophy. I needed a toilet system that was practical and easy to manage. This system is designed for use with public trash collection systems, i.e. public trash cans available in most city environments. People use public trash cans to dispose of all kinds of waste products: Such as cat & dog manure, used baby diapers, used syringes, dead animals, plus a lot of other nasty substances. I consider the availability of these public trash cans a real blessing and have no desire to abuse the system. I respect posted signs and if a public trash can has a sign attached to it which says "No Household Trash" then i do not use this trash can and find another which has no posted signs. I do not like to dispose of my waste on a daily basis and would much rather make infrequent trips to the trash can (approximately every 4 to 6 weeks). My system allows me to do this. My system consists of the following items: One five gallon plastic bucket, Glad (7 gallon) plastic trash bags, heavy duty plastic trash bags, Hydrated Lime, a plastic toilet seat from like the Home Depot with the lid/cover and any hardware removed, a small hand scoop to use with the hydrated lime. Hydrated lime & quicklime are both very earth friendly products, so no need to be concerned about hurting the environment. But be careful with the quicklime because it can cause burns on your skin and do not get it wet with water.
These lime products have been used for years in out-houses to help keep the smell down and also help to keep maggots, flies and other parasites from forming in the waste. It does not work perfectly but it helps to reduce the odor. My toilet system is adjustable so you can change things to suit your situation. Use 2 Glad Large size trash bags (or similar) for a bucket liner (very important). Sprinkle each new #2 with some Hydrated Lime (easily available from most garden supply stores or Home Depot probably - very low cost & lasts forever) to help keep the smell down and the flies from making babies (worms) in the #2. When full to the level you can lift -
tie off the plastic bags with a "Cable/Zip Tie" and place the contents in another heavy duty plastic bag and then tie the bag closed using a Cable/Zip tie. You can trim the Cable/Zip Ties with diagonal cutters if you so desire, but probably not necessary. Now the bag and it's contents are ready for disposal in a public trash receptacle which does not have a sign posted on it saying: "No Household Trash". Do not use the bag ties that come with the box of trash bags - they are not strong enough to withstand the rough handling the bag and it's contents may endure on it's trip to the dump. When done properly you will use two light duty bags plus one final heavy duty bag = 3 bags total. You can place the plastic bucket lid on top of the bucket loosely or you will have to use a Dremel to ream out the grove around the lid to allow it to fit over the bags. Also, you can buy a low cost small (7-10 gallon?) metal trash can with a metal lid and use it to store your 5 gallon plastic bucket when not in use - it virtually eliminates any smell. It may be possible to use a metal bucket alone if you can find one that will work with the toilet seat & liner bags. This system is low cost and easy to manage, better than a PORTA-POTTY or COMPOSTING toilet. I have used this method for years and i have not had any problems with complaints or signs placed on public trash cans saying: "No Human Waste Allowed". If you use my system you will probably have no problems with public officials. But actually in my opinion "Burning" human waste is the best method. I need to invent a small portable #2 burner someday or someone else should invent one. Visit DebraJoys video about her portable potty set-up.
PASKOWITZ FAMILY (9 Jun 17) A long time ago i discovered this family of about 11 people who traveled around in a camper truck spending most of their time surfing different beaches around Hawaii, California, & Mexico. The father of the group "Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz was a licensed medical doctor who graduated from Stanford University. I think what he would do is work as a doctor in the emergency rooms of hospitals on the weekends ($200 an hour, according to my mother) and would surf the other five days of the week. It was a true nomadic lifestyle which he and his family lived all their lives. Surfwise is the movie made about his life.
►We are the longest running surf camp in the United States. Our mission is to continue the Paskowitz legacy of teaching beginners to surf. But we want to instill more then that for most of you will become surfers. We will teach you the correct basic skills to stand up then you will ride waves standing on your own.
We started the business of surf schools and will always maintain the best surf instructors in the world. The formula for success is simple go at your own pace, warm water, sunny beaches, great people in the water and on the beach & delicious food! We are a small family run business with a family of staff that are professional, fun and really love what they do. For over three decades the Paskowitz Surf Camp has been teaching people how to surf. And in doing so we have given the beginner, the novice and the experienced surfer a sense of self-confidence that can only come from an exuberant interaction with nature. Our credo, Spread The Aloha is a welcome for everyone; young, middle-aged, mature, woman, man, black, white, fearful or brave, to come and experience the joy of surfing a wave. In giving everyone a chance to feel the surge of one of natures most awe-inspiring forces, the Paskowitz family is following in the beloved tradition of surfing patriarch Paskowitz, who has spread the gospel of Aloha from the shores of Oahu and Kauai to the sands of Cabo San Lucas and San Onofre.◄
FREE CAMPSITES (6 Apr 17) I got this from Roxy and have not used it myself, but it looks like a very useful site.
►Free Camping Near You. Go Camping For Free! Whether you just need to know where to camp nearby or you want to plan a free camping road trip, we've got you covered. You can simply use your smart phone's GPS to find camping near you or even use our trip planner to plan your route from coast to coast. Our community provides the best free camping information available. Free campgrounds can be hard to find. Freecampsites.net makes it easy. We give you a simple, map based search engine to find free and cheap camping areas. Community reviews and ratings provide you with up to date information and help you select the best camp site for your next camping trip. This is a platform for sharing campgrounds and camp sites you have discovered. We are community driven, and while we will be adding many free camping spots, we hope that you will add some of your favorite camping places as well. By sharing camping information freely, we can all spend less time researching campgrounds, spend less money, and more time camping. If everyone contributes a few campsites, we'll all have more places to go camping. Whether you enjoy tent camping, car camping or RV camping, our goal is to help you find the best places to go camping. We believe that free camping areas are often the most beautiful and peaceful camp sites. Our focus is on public lands. You own these lands and you are entitled to use them. We especially like camping on Forest Service land, BLM (Bureau of Land Management) areas, WMA's (Wildlife Management Areas) and county or city parks. We hope you enjoy the same style of camping.◄
CAPTAIN LIZ CLARK Well, what could be more of a portable dwelling than a sail boat? This younger type lady has adopted quite a lifestyle living & sailing around on her sail boat. And i think she is still going strong with this lifestyle as indicated by her Facebook page.
►I left California aboard Swell in early 2006 with the hope of succeeding at my life-long dream of surf exploration via sailboat. Since then, the voyage has presented more fantastic friends, waves, adventures, natural beauty, opportunities for personal growth and insights than I dreamed possible. Swell serves as my floating home and transportation. I travel at a pace not much faster than you can run. Weather, swell, and tides dictate my days. This isn't just a surf trip–it's a lifestyle, passion, and search for better ways for humanity to inhabit our shared planet.◄
LIVING THE VAN LIFE Well it's finally happening: People are finally discovering the benefits of the "Van Life Living" paradigm. House & apartment rent has just gotten to be too expensive for many working people and so they are buying vans to live in. Used school buses are also a big draw and people are buying buses to live in if they want a little more space to work. Also, you can rent a private mail box if you want to receive mail & packages, live at campgrounds like maybe KOA and others.
►One guy decided to live in a van to save money and another decided to live and work inside a school bus to maximize profits. Imagine paying $120 to live in a studio in
Los Angeles, California where the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is about $2,300. Sounds nice, huh? Stephen Hutchins, 22, a freelance animation artist and rapper by the name of Lateral, does just that, except he doesn't live in an apartment — or a studio, really. He lives in a van. He's not alone. Last year, 4,600 cars and RVs were used as homes, according to The Los Angeles Times. L.A., like many cities, has a housing shortage. This, coupled with a 3.1 percent vacancy rate, makes affordable living in L.A. an oxymoron. "The main expenses are insurance for the van, which is like $60 a month," said Hutchins. "Then, I have a storage unit for like $60." That puts his monthly rent at $120. The van cost him just $125 at an auction. Hutchins works part-time at a Taco Bell to help pay the bills, and he says living in a van has slashed his cost of living by $800 a month. "Minimizing my bills can essentially allow me to work less hours." — Stephen Hutchins. He showers at the gym, cooks on a portable stove on a sidewalk (he stores his butane at his friends' place nearby) and uses wifi at nearby coffee shops. Jon Christensen, who's with the UCLA Institute of Environment and Sustainability, says the "Van Life" is very much an all-American, Henry David Thoreau ideal.◄
THREE FEATHERS REED Over the years i have occasionally did a search for a man i met near Victorville, California at a Mountain Man Rendezvous in Bear Valley. His name at the time was "Three Feathers Reed". His real name is: Rusty Reed. At the time i met him he also had a lady living with him (whom he later married) called: Canary Kate with whom he is no longer together.
But, anyway he mentioned to me that he was influenced by Henry David Thoreau & his philosophy of life. He was an interesting guy. Due to getting older he no longer walks around with his two burros but instead has a pickup truck and maybe places to live from people he knows and now i guess he has his own mobile home in Arizona provided by the Veterans Affairs office. He was kind of a famous guy actually, especially in the mountain man rendezvous community. I spent a couple months or more pulling a small cart behind me loaded with my camping gear around Southern California and it was interesting to learn he walked 25-30 miles a day on foot with his burros in tow, about the same distance i used to walk on foot. Now i am paying for it with painful legs and feet at age 67 (me too! gg). Here are some links to various articles written about him: Life With Dogs and RVsue and Rambling Bob.
►Three Feathers was a true Mountain Man. He was a disabled Vietnam Vet. He walked with a lurching walk due to damage to both knees from friendly fire in Vietnam. His source of income was a disability check ($50 a month) sent to his sisters house in San Bernardino, California - but he lived in the Mountains, literally. He had two small Burros that carried all his gear. He lived in his buckskins year round, he had his rifle and pistol and knife. He had an axe, his tomahawk, and cooking gear. He had a small six foot Indian style Tipi, with collapsible poles he packed on his burros. He traveled the Pacific Crest trail from Mexico to Canada. Three Feathers lived off the land when he could, and made every Mountain Man Rendezvous he could reach. It was the life he lived everyday.◄
EDNA CALKINS PRICE This lady & her husband "Burro Bill" as a temporary lifestyle used to wander on foot around the California, Arizona, and Nevada deserts using pack animals to carry their necessities. I think they lived this way for a little over 10 years before finally settling down in the town of Idyllwild, in Southern California. This is a good book because it helps teach a person how to live; something missing in today's world.
►Burro Bill and Me is a personal memoir of the author who gave up a life as a nurse to a millionaire, to travel Death Valley, Nevada and the Arizona Strip behind a burro. The characters she meets come to life in this book, from the old prospectors, Mormon farmers, thieves,and people who would give their last bite of food to a couple of complete strangers. Raised as a well-to-do Virginia girl, Edna fell head-over-heels in love with a semi-literate and restless young man whose dreams of adventure and freedom were as wide as the California sky. "I can't take a soft life," he told his bride. "It rots a man." Thus began an uncommon love story. For ten happy years, 1931 to 1941, Edna and Bill Price abandoned city life and roamed sun-scorched Death Valley and the Arizona badlands on foot with their string of pack burros. They slept under the stars, scratched out a meager living from the wasteland, and hobnobbed with prospectors, outlaws, herders and hobos. "In this place," Bill explained, "a man can find his God." Far from feeling displaced, Edna thrived as a desert flower. In her extraordinary memoir, a jewel of Western Americana, Edna writes with wit and grit, recalling "those years when we knew no bed but the ground, no roof but the sky, when we were known all over the deserts simply as Burro Bill and Mrs. Bill."◄
NOMAD FOR NATURE This is about a "Lady Vagabond" who is still active living her vagabond lifestyle. Her name is Roxy Whalley and she is a transplant from England to the USA and has lived here for almost 30 years. For the past 12 years she has lived in a "Montero SUV 4x4". She is a photographer and has some very beautiful pictures for sale on one of her websites.
►Thanks for dropping in and paying me a visit. I've got to warn you, I cram a lot of stuff into this blog so I've broken it down into a few different categories (so you don't have to scroll through posts you're not interested in). You'll find these categories in the right hand column. As a Nomad for Nature, I love to share my life as a nomad, but that also includes my poetry, photography, outdoor adventures, and other writings. So if the first post you see is a poem (and you hate poetry) don't give up, just click on a different category, and voila, you'll see the stuff you want to! I hope you enjoy, and remember to savor the journey, and please share my blog.◄
CHEAP RV LIVING It's true. Living the mobile lifestyle has a lot of advantages: Like the ability to travel to employment hot spots located in different parts of the country.
When i was living homeless in St. George, Utah there were several people i knew who lived out of their vehicles: One guy lived in his small pick-up truck with a camper shell on back and the other guy lived in a small converted school bus. They were both making money too: One at janitorial service and the other worked on a road widening project. And this was during a very slow economy (which seems to be the norm anyway). The only thing i didn't like was in Crescent City, California they made the mobile livers move every 5 days to a new location and feel that the city government should have been more accommodating realizing the economy is real bad and people have to live somewhere.
►Maybe you were a gypsy, vagabond or hobo in a past life, but you think you could never afford to live the life of freedom you long for? It could be you are a survivalist, or just want to drop out of society but don't know how. Perhaps you are just sick of the rat race and want to simplify your life. Or possibly the bad economy of the last few years have left you with no choice but move into a car, van or RV? We have good news for you, you can, and this site is here to show you how! The key is eliminating the single highest expense most of us have, our housing. We will do that by moving into our vehicle and "boondocking". By that I mean living in your vehicle without paying for a campsite. People say to me all the time, "But how can I afford to live in a van and travel all the time?" My answer is aways, "How can you afford not to"?! Let me prove to you right off the bat that you can live the free life. Here is a budget showing just how little money you need to live and travel full time. One column is for a $500 a month and the other is for $1,000 a month.◄
VANDOG TRAVELLER This is about another person who has hit the road in a converted van. This man is located originally in the country of England. And now he is bookin all over the planet and has lots of pictures of his places visited, etc.
►I started doing a lot of dreaming, during 2013 . . . I WANT TO LIVE IN A VAN AND TRAVEL . . . The desire became too great . . . I knew that for anything to happen I'd have to quit my job immediately and tell people my plans. This was the first step and was all I needed to do so I'd have no other choice but to work on my dream. I had some money saved up from working on offshore gas platforms in the North sea.
On the 20th September 2013, I gave my months notice and got asked many questions that I didn't yet know the answers to myself. At this point, I didn't really know what I was doing. I was just trusting new steps would appear before me once the current one had been completed, although I couldn't really say this to my employer or colleagues. I put things outside onto the street (Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield) with notes saying "free". I gave away the sofas, the bed, chairs, and tables. One woman came with a van and took most of it because her friend was leaving her husband and needed to set up a "secret house". She seemed very grateful. I gave away my shirts, trousers and shoes to the charity shop On Ecclesall Road, sold my car and packed a bag to go back to my parents house while to work on the van – I hoped this would be one step back to take two steps forward. Bought a van (LDV Convoy) on Ebay. The first few days I was overwhelmed with things I needed to do. I didn't have a clue what to work on first. The van was a mess. It got worse the more time I spent with it; more rust, holes in floor, oil leaks, bodge after bodge. It was a write-off and it even had forklift truck marks underneath where it had probably been shifted about some scrap yard. (see post on work done). Like running through treacle. My thoughts and dreams consumed with van conversions. I grew a beard and didn't see friends for months. February 2014, progress made. The conversation was so close to completion. I put a few pictures around the Internet and on this site. Within a day, the server was overloaded and I was suspended from my hosting account. Over 70k visits in the first week of being online. I couldn't believe it. This gave me a new wave of motivation just when I needed it – progress was slow and I was desperate to leave the country. March 2014, a line is drawn; the van conversion is complete! I documented the conversion here.◄
THE LIFECYCLE ADVENTURE This is about a man named "Robert Lutter" who lives the dwelling portably lifestyle to the fullest. Photographer & Fundraising Adventurer, Cycling the World. Rob is currently attempting a round the world cycle from London to New York. An epic 35,000km photographic journey, solo & unsupported! Follow the ride at The Lifecycle official adventure site. This is an incredible website and personality and clicking on the picture at the right takes you to his Facebook page.
►The Lifecycle Adventure. A forty thousand kilometre, London to London world cycle for mental health by photographer Rob Lutter. In 2011 I strapped my camera, tent & a handful of survival gear to the back of a bicycle called Jake & rode free of London. Pedaling for creativity, mental health & the other side of the world. After three years The Lifecycle's become an epic, psychological adventure around the globe.◄
FAMILY ON BIKES Dwelling Portably - Well that's what these folks are all about. They have spent a tremendous amount of time riding their bicycles long distances which has given them a lot of "Road Wisdom" which they share in their many books they have written.
Very interesting people to me.
►We believe everyone can (and should) pursue their passion and follow their dream – wherever it may lead. Our goal is to provide both inspiration and practical advice to get you there. Who are we? "We" are just a normal American family who happens to be following our dreams and chasing rainbows. We are adventure seekers and modern-day explorers who are limited only by our imaginations – and we have very vivid imaginations! We learned early to live life to the fullest; to grab life by the horns and enjoy the ride. So much so that we spent three years riding bicycles from Alaska to Argentina together as a family. Time is passing quickly. We can never go back. We can only take advantage of every moment we have. We're here to help you do exactly that.◄
CAR CAMPING IN THE RAIN Here's something that may be helpful when living in or traveling around in your car. This is a simple set-up but extremely useful. Personally i would use a brown tarp rather than a blue plastic tarp, less attention getting. The blue color tarp seems to screem . . . Here i am, come & get me.
►Here are a few simple tricks for car-camping in the rain. Most of these may be well-known to people who camp in the wet . . . But for those new to it, here are some little lifehacks we've put to use in various state parks here in the northwest. When car-camping in the Pacific northwest, the first order of business is often to get the tarp in place. To start, tie a rope around a tree near your eating area. A good knot to use is a bowline knot ("the rabbit comes out of the hole . . ."). You can also use a "no-knot," in which you simply wrap the rope a few times around the tree; friction will keep the rope in place. Keep the tarp high enough to allow good light in. Use a forked stick, or a "chuck-it" ball-thrower if you have one, to coax that rope higher up the tree.◄
MOONLIGHT CHRONICLES/DAN PRICE Here's a very interesting quality website for you. Now this guy knows how to live, it seems. He maintains a very low overhead which allows him to live the life he loves, which is not working a 9 to 5 job. Dan makes some money selling his art work items (It might be classified as "Folk Art") and books he writes. Very interesting and disciplined man.
►Earth native Dan Price has been creating art since 1980 and living the simple life for over 20 years. On this site you will see his many photographs made over a 10-year career in photojournalism, various short films made about his unique lifestyle, his many books and magazines created while on journeys, photos of his underground hobbit-style home and other items of interest. Please note that the availability of magazines and books will be limited to what is in stock. Check the status of each item and order only between the months of May and October, as he spends each winter surfing in Hawaii. He is now passionately putting together a Podcast for all his fans called Sound Journal, which features his home made music, interesting telephone conversations and bits of sound captured on a small digital recorder that he carries in his pocket. Dan thanks all of you for the support you have offered over the years. Your help has made it possible for him to continue exploring the world to document all things cool and to share them with you. This latest adventure of sound collecting will be shared once a month or more, depending on how often the surf is up or he can get all the sounds put together in a reasonable fashion. Sound is everywhere. You just have to open your ears enough to hear it.◄
LIVING IN YOUR TRUCK I have in the past lived in a 1966 Chevrolet Station Wagon car. I traveled around the western USA looking for a place to live. Never did find a place to live. But, i think this Instructable here will help a lot of people - lots of good advise, i think. If you are employed, you can save a lot of money living in your car. This author tells you how to do it with some comfort . . . Like where to take a shower, where to park, etc. This is a well liked Instructable, especially in today's economy. Picture on the right is of a 1934 Ford Pick-Up truck without the required camper shell installed yet.
►Living in your vehicle is quite easy, and a humbling experience to boot! Here are some things necessary to keep in consideration when living in your truck . . . Keep in mind that in order to survive and have a good quality of life, you'll need a structure like this. The strong base allows for a healthy state of mind and affords one the wellness needed upon which to build and continue a humble life on the road.
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs:
Top of Pyramid: SELF-ACTUALIZATION
Pursue Inner Talent, Creativity, Fulfillment
Next Down: SELF-ESTEEM
Achievement Mastery, Recognition, Respect
Next Down: BELONGING - LOVE
Friends, Family, Spouse/Lover
Next Down: SAFETY
Security, Stability, Freedom from Fear
Food, Water, Shelter, Warmth
The pyramid is interpreted like this: To maintain quality to one's life, the bottom most layer must first be fulfilled. Only after that can the next layer really ever be finished, and so forth. This Instructable gives an idea of how to fulfill the initial bottom layers. A great book to have on your person is: How to Stay Alive In the Woods by Bradford Angier. Lots of basics of survival can be learned there, and it behooves one to always be prepared for the unexpected. I mention this book at this point because Mr Angier shows a multitude of ways to fulfill the aforementioned bottom tiers.◄
RAIL RIDING OK, this is a little different subject matter, but still has a possible use for some people dwelling portably. Around the world there exists abandoned railroad tracks which can go for miles. This includes the USA. It might be possible for someone to use these tracks to access a campsite somewhere away from normal facilities. A lot of the rail road tracks go through areas not frequented by people very much or not at all. The business linked to here provides some items you will need to build a pull cart or bike rail vehicle or small motorized rail vehicle.
Picture on the right is of an actual 4 wheeled rail bike loaded with camping gear.
►Light polyurethane railroad wheels for sale are used all over the world - they run smooth & quiet, take abuse - a real nice "train" ride. Make the Railrider you want for:) inspection, surveying, carrying things, and most of all fun - just riding down on that rusted train rail going wherever it takes you . . . I have sold these light train railroad wheels all over the world. The railroad wheels for sale are made of proven, durable polyurethane. They can take the heat, up to 200 degrees, cold to 40 degrees below 0. These railroad wheels are on the rails in the deserts of India, to the railroad tracks in the tundras of Alaska, they have even proven themselves in several African wars - and can take the abuse of old abandoned railroad train rails. Since 1975 and still going . . . , Railriding is saving railroad tracks all over the world!◄
BERNICE ENDE Wow, this is a mind blower to me because i know of another famous lady who developed her own cool lifestyle in the Mojave Desert in a remote ghost town called "Death Valley Junction" near Death Valley National Park in the state of California and she was labeled as the "Badlands Ballerina" and of course i am talking about "Marta Becket" a former New York City ballerina.
►Bernice Ende's entire life revolved around dancing. She was a classically trained ballerina who spent her life training, performing and then teaching. But then she stumbled upon a new way of life that turned out to be her true passion. Bernice learned about long riding — horseback rides that are 1,000 miles or longer. Her first long ride was 2,000 miles and she was hooked on this life off the beaten path. She's sharing what she's learned about life from a saddle. She says when you're living your life at 4 mph with no cell phones, computers or music, your entire way of thinking changes. As she nears the end of a two-year, 16,000-mile trip she explains how living in a tent and starting the search anew every day for food, water and shelter makes everything about life seem more immediate. Find out what it's like to spend a Montana winter sharing a tent with two horses and a dog and why, at 58 years old, she found a new goal in life — becoming the best long rider that ever lived. To keep up with Bernice's adventures and to see pictures of her cross-country travels, click here to visit her website endeofthetrail.com.◄
LEE THE HORSELOGGER I have had Lee bookmarked for a long time. I check on his Facebook page once in awhile. It would seem that his lifestyle would be a hard one to maintain, all those animals have got to be high maintenance in my opinion. But, anyway a lot of people seem to like to help him out with his lifestyle choice, and why not? Society is too regimented anyway nowadays in my opinion and Lee breaks the mold.
►About Lee and his travels: While Lee does not have problems like flat tires and engine breakdowns, there are a multitude of other problems occurring that may require Lee to stop or lay over somewhere. One of those problems is exhaustion, which Lee is encountering. Lee must see to his own basic needs and also those of four large animals. To put it a bit crudely, "it ain't no walk in the park." Every lifestyle has its trials and tribulations. Lee is living "a simple life" in a way: He doesn't have to be at a certain place at a certain time each day. He has no mortgage, electricity, or gas bills. But life is difficult for Lee in ways most of us cannot imagine. I think a better way of describing Lee's life is "uncomplicated and basic." Imagine driving a team of three horses down a narrow road while impatient drivers behind you pass you as fast as they can, and drivers coming from the other way whiz past you. Lee has to keep the animals calm and keep the wagon on the road. It takes skill and concentration to do that. Lee has to concentrate on the horses -- 100%. The horses might be spooked by a flag flapping in the wind, a dog barking, or a thousand other things. One horse might take a notion to just stop and back up, dragging the others along. They might see some juicy green grass and decide it's time for a snack. They are not predictable, and Lee must always be on the alert. Lee has only the reins and his voice to control them. You know how annoying is when you are driving in the rain and a semi-truck goes by and sprays your windshield? When a semi goes by Lee, it soaks Lee, the horses, the wagon AND the contents of the wagon. When you are on a trip, and you want to stop for the night, you find a motel, grab your bags, lock your car, get settled in the room, and go out for dinner. Lee must first find a place where the owner does not object to the presence of his wagon and the animals. It must be a place near to a restaurant or eatery, because Lee doesn't have cooking facilities in the wagon. This usually means he stops for the night in a parking lot. Then he must first see to the needs of two horses and two large dogs. After the animals have been cared for and fed, and Lee has eaten, and he has visited with many curious and helpful people, he tries to get some sleep. He has a place in the wagon to sleep, but the nature of Great Pyrenees dogs is to warn and protect their human. Therefore, every time a vehicle goes by, they bark. That is their JOB. They bark loudly, and often. It's impossible to sleep through the noise. Those are only a few of the obstacles Lee faces every day. Lee has informed me of these problems, but isn't complaining. That's just the way it is. Fortunately, everywhere he goes, there are wonderful, generous people eager to help him in any way they can. I just want to say that while we may lose confidence in the people who are running our great country, and we are all facing huge problems like skyrocketing utility bills, our young people being sent to war, etc., it is extremely heartening to follow Lee and his determination and be able to witness the kindness and generosity of everyday people he meets along the way. Lee is touching people's hearts and they are touching his. It's a great story, isn't it? ~Patty◄
RANCHO COSTA NADA This listing was sent to me by a man named "Tom Hathaway" and i want to thank him again for taking the time to send me this link. OK, this listing here should be interesting to many of you because it shows what a person can do by just thinking a little and having some fun being creative. I am familiar with the Imperial County of California, it is located mostly at the South East corner of the state and gets very hot in the summertime, plus it is has a lot of agricultural land along with a lot of barren desert land. The website linked here has a lot of interesting pictures plus some useful information you might be able to apply in your own life. Anyway, the picture on the right shows the author walking by and clicking on the picture takes you to his website, i guess.
►This book tells how to live cheap in the desert. It's a survival guide for frugal living, about how to live on almost nothing after quitting the job, the commute hassle, the mean boss, and all the nagging worries about rent and mortgage. It's about self-reliance, independence, and a life of freedom and leisure. Amazon says that "Rancho Costa Nada: The Dirt Cheap Desert Homestead," has become one of the top ten survivalist books. Originally Rancho was published by Loompanics, a catalog publisher of quirky books that went out of business and sold "Rancho" rights to Paladin Press, another interesting publisher. "Rancho Costa Nada" tells how the author bought 10 worthless acres in the California desert for three hundred bucks. For another hundred, he built a comfortable little hogan out of scrap lumber and sand bags. Some ideas he figured out for himself, such as how to be his own utility district. Other schemes for frugal desert living came from half a dozen fellow homesteaders in the barren waste of the Smoke Tree Valley in Imperial County, California. The author is no pioneer. Just an average mope without any particular survival skills or homesteader attributes such as carpentry or auto mechanics. He was raw. But he found out that by using a few simple expedients it's easy to live for almost nothing. No hardship. The cash he generates (and how hard is it to turn a few bucks in Samland?) becomes disposable income. So he travels during the summer inferno and uses the Rancho as home base in winter (unless he's house sitting or on the road).◄
TREK LIGHT GEAR Here's a very portable item for you which allows you to sleep wherever you can tie two ends of a rope opposite each other. Of coarse i am talking about a hammock. I tried using a hammock once to sleep in overnight near Bishop, California. It was one of the most miserable experiences in my life. I was cold and could not go to sleep. So, there must be something you can do to make it work, but right now i do not know what to do to make hammock use a pleasure. I suppose they are mostly good to use in warm tropical weather, but i think mountaineers use them, they must have some way to keep warm.
►Trek Light Gear was founded by Seth Haber, who wanted to combine his outdoor enthusiasm with his growing interest in entrepreneurship. His love of the outdoors brought Seth from Rhode Island to Boulder Colorado, where he soon put his computer science degree to the test working for a large medical company in the area. Despite a busy schedule, he continued to take full advantage of the wilderness around him and used his time outdoors to relax, unwind, rejuvenate and go on countless adventures with friends. As a full fledged weekend warrior it soon occurred to Seth that there were always brief moments within each trip and adventure that stayed with him long after he returned to the cubicle and went back to work. If you've ever sat at your desk after returning to work from a vacation and closed your eyes and felt yourself back on the beach or back at your campsite listening to the wind in the trees, then you know the feeling. Seth quickly realized that it was these moments of bliss that were the key to creating a healthy balance in a busy life and he soon found himself searching for a way to encourage people to get outside, take a break and enjoy the world around them in a low impact and healthy way. What better way to get outside, relax and take a break from a busy life than to lay in a hammock? And, what if you could easily take that hammock, that little piece of heaven, with you wherever you went? With this revelation, the Trek Light Hammock was born. Seth quickly teamed up with a like-minded friend (who would later move on to other ventures) and he began his quest for the perfect hammock design to make the dream a reality. Soon, he was traveling all over the state of Colorado selling the hammocks at local festivals and shows and spreading his philosophy that no matter how crazy your life is, you are never too busy to take a few moments and relax.◄
GRAHAM MACKINTOSH I should have had this up a long time ago, it is such a great example of what a person can do even if unemployed. I actually discovered Graham when he published his first book "Into A Desert Place". Something that he said in the introduction of his book that really hit home with me: He said, that if a person (i think he said young person) is unemployed and cannot find employment, the best use of his or her time may be to just go on an adventure - get a backpack and plan a trip somewhere. My comment: Don't turn to crime or stealing, but just take what comes your way honestly. Click on the picture at the right to view his list of books on Amazon for sale.
►In 1983 Graham Mackintosh was a lecturer at West Kent College in England, teaching social sciences and special education to unemployed teenagers. In the hope of showing his students that a shoestring expedition could be the adventure of a lifetime, Mackintosh, who described himself as the "least adventurous person in the world," set out to walk around the beautiful but dangerous coastline of Baja California. The two-year, 3,000-mile trip changed his life. When Mackintosh emerged from the cactus-strewn wilderness, he returned to England to write Into a Desert Place and there received the prestigious "Adventurous Traveler of the Year" award.
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Mackintosh was soon drawn back to Baja. After years promoting Into a Desert Place in the USA and Baja California, and scores of trips below the border, he eventually decided to walk down the rugged, mountainous interior of Baja, visiting many of the old missions along the way. Journey with a Baja Burro, his second book, was the result. It describes his arduous thousand-mile journey with a pack burro from the US border to Loreto – a trip that began exactly 300 years after the October 1697 founding of the Loreto mission, the first permanent European settlement in the "Californias." In 2001, Graham spent four months in Baja’s Sierra San Pedro Martir with two street dogs, which became the subject of his third book – Nearer My Dog to Thee. His fourth book, Marooned With Very Little Beer, appeared in April 2008, and tells of his two months kayaking and hiking the second largest island in the Sea of Cortez – Isla Angel de la Guarda. Graham Mackintosh now lives in San Diego, California. He continues to give lectures and slide shows on his trips, writes articles on Baja and has guided tourists south of the border on various tours. He is married to Bonni, a nurse, who shares his love for Baja and nature.◄
GROUND TRUTH TREKKING If anyone knows anything about portable dwellings these people certainly seem to be the experts. This is an incredible situation. 4,000 Miles by Boot, Raft and Ski. Well educated people, but they walk around a lot, have a couple of young children, plus live in a Yurt in Alaska when not on the trail.
►This is a record of adventures of a young, idealistic couple who choose to reduce their world down to just two small packs and the next 100 yards in front of them. In June 2007, Erin McKittrick and her husband, Hig, embarked on a 4,000-mile expedition from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands, traveling solely by human power. This is the story of their unprecedented trek along the northwestern edge of the Pacific Ocean—a year-long journey through some of the most rugged terrain in the world — and their encounters with rain, wind, blizzards, bears, and their own emotional and spiritual demons. Erin and Hig set out from Seattle with a desire to raise awareness of natural resource and conservation issues along their route: Clear-cut logging of rainforests; declining wild salmon populations; extraction of mineral resources; and effects of global climate change. By taking each mile step by step, they were able to intimately explore the coastal regions of Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska, see the wilderness in its larger context, and provide a unique on-the-ground perspective.
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An entertaining and, at times, thrilling adventure, theirs is a journey of discovery and of insights about the tiny communities that dot this wild coast, as well as the individuals there whom they meet and inspire. Erin McKittrick had already logged more than 3,000 miles through Alaska's untracked wildernesses, before embarking on her 4,000-mile trek from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands. She received an MS in molecular biology from the University of Washington, but left academia to pursue more wilderness experiences and to concentrate on environmental activism. She lives with her husband and baby in Seldovia, Alaska.◄
THE SIERRA STOVE This is the famous little wood (twig) burning stove from ZZ Manufacturing. I have owned their stoves and they work very well in my experience. It is best to gather together a pile of wood burning twigs and stuff before starting the stove. In other words have plenty of fuel ready to feed the fire after you get it going.
►Welcome to zzstove.com, home of ZZ Manufacturing and the SIERRA and SIERRA TITANIUM stoves. The SIERRA stove, (pictured right), is ideal for backpackers, distance bikers, back country horsemen and other campers looking for an extremely lightweight, dependable and powerful stove. The SIERRA is an excellent choice for Boy Scouts, providing a safe and simple way to learn the skills of campfire cooking. The SIERRA burns twigs, bark, pine cones and other woods readily available around a campsite, as well as charcoal and other solid fuels. The SIERRA incorporates an adjustable speed fan, creating a forced ventilation system that provides intense heat and efficient burning. The SIERRA weighs only 1 lb yet creates up to 18,000 BTU/hr, enough heat to boil a quart of water in four minutes. A single "AA" battery powers the fan for 6 hours. The optional "D" CELL POWER SUPPLY provides over 35 hours of cooking time. The SIERRA SET includes a polished stainless steel kettle with frying pan cover, a wrap around windshield for faster and more efficient cooking, a cross grate for burning long sticks, tongs, a sample of ZIP FIRES and a nylon carry sack. The entire SIERRA SET weighs just 2lbs.◄
PEACE PILGRIM Actually, i should have put this up a long time ago, but only recently have i thought of including this famous lady here. Even if a person does not agree with her purpose in life it is still a very good example of how a person can live without all the trappings of security, like a regular home, income & transportation. To me, this is really a fascinating situation. Think about it, she walked for 28 years with no money, her possessions consisted of the clothes she wore and some items in her pockets. She died in 1981 as a passenger in a car while traveling to a speaking engagement. Something for you to consider is the fact that she maintained a very low overhead in her life:
She had no children or pets or cars or homes or credit cards to maintain. She had divested herself of a lot of the things that cause trouble for many people.
►From 1953 to 1981 a silver haired woman calling herself only "Peace Pilgrim" walked more than 25,000 miles on a personal pilgrimage for peace. She vowed to "remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until given shelter and fasting until given food." In the course of her 28 year pilgrimage she touched the hearts, minds, and lives of thousands of individuals all across North America. Her message was both simple and profound. It continues to inspire people all over the world. Her pilgrimage for peace began on the morning of January 1, 1953. She vowed "to remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace". Peace Pilgrim walked alone and penniless and with no organizational backing. She walked "as a prayer" and as a chance to inspire others to pray and work for peace. She wore navy blue shirt and slacks, and a short tunic with pockets all around the bottom in which she carried her only worldly possessions: A comb, a folding toothbrush, a ballpoint pen, copies of her message and her current correspondence.◄
REAL CHEAP FOOD The mission of this website linked here: "Eat Real, healthy food for little money!" There is a considerable amount of information here, a lot of links to other sites with low cost food recipes. Lots of good help for the beginning cook. But, it looks like a lot of simple cooking type recipes which a person could do on the road. This website has been up since February 22, 2010. There is not a lot of information about the creator of the website, just lots of information on eating cheaply with quality food items. Go Figure!
►Started thinking about what I could do in life if I could eat a balanced diet with complete nutrition for as little money as possible. Decided I could do more of what I really wanted to!◄